Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: Faith and Global Events


Faith and Global Events

June 27 and 28
Camp Sumatanga lodging at Eva Walker Lodge and Retreat Center in motel accommodations
$100 per person (double occupancy)

Mark Sheldon Jim Winkler

Led by Mark Sheldon, of the International Asian Studies Program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Jim Winkler, General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches.

The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church has a long history of involvement in peace and social justice issues.  The roots of this involvement go back to the Conference Youth Program under the long-time leadership of Nina Reeves, who initiated the UN/Washington Citizenship Seminars for many years, introduced many young people to the world through travel to Russia, China and Brazil and beyond.  The world was brought to Sumatanga through three International Peace Camps.  Working closely in these endeavors with Mark Sheldon and Jim Winker, many horizons were broadened, careers in church and civic vocations launched and many passions for peace and justice ignited.

Join Nina Reeves, Mark Sheldon of Chinese University of Hong Kong  and Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches June 27 and 28 at Camp Sumatanga for a time of learning and reflection on Faith and Global Events.  This will be an opportunity to hear of the important work of Mark at the University of Hong Kong and of Jim’s work at the UMC Board of Church and Society where he served as General Secretary and now of his work at the National Council of Churches.  Both will present in plenary sessions and small groups settings, and there will be ample opportunity for questions, conversation and dialog.

This event is open to all who wish to explore our faith as how it relates to current global events.  It is particularly well suited for all those who have traveled with Nina, participated in a UN/Washington Seminar or been to an International Youth Peace Camp or to others who share a passion for peace and justice and wish to have a better understanding of current events, particularly those related to Asia and Washington, D.C.  The event is open to old and young alike.

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For more information on the event contact Nina Reeves at or call 205-879-0161 or Reggie Holder at or call 205-933-8751 ext. 213.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 27, 2014  
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration Eva Walker Lodge
6:00 p.m. Dinner in Lodge Dining Hall
7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Introductions and Get Acquainted Activities
7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Speaker and Q & A
8:15 - 8:30 p.m. Break
8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Reflection
8:45 - 9:15 p.m. Closing Worship
9:15 p.m. Folk Dancing, Refreshments and Conversation
Saturday, June 28, 2014  
8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Lodge Dining Hall
8:45 a.m. Gathering with singing
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Speaker and Q & A
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Dialog with Jim Winkler and Mark Shelton
Noon Lunch in Lodge Dining Hall
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Break out Session Options*
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Break out Session Options*
3:00 Closing Worship

* Options - 
Mark Shelton 
Jim Winkler 
Labyrinth Walk with Laura Sisson

Design Team:  Nina Reeves, Reggie Holder, Bruno Hughes, Carole Armistead, Danny Jones, Kelley Neal, Laura Sisson, Melinda Akins and  Lane Busby McLelland

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The Advocacy for Social Justice Blog is produced by the North Alabama Conference Advocacy for Social Justice Team to help people think about justice issues through the lens of faith. It is intended to be a place where United Methodists can listen and learn from each other with mutual respect and understanding. (For the purpose of this blog see the the post “The work of justice is the work of the church”.) Please join the conversation by adding your comment below. If you have an idea for a blog topic or would like to make a submission to the Advocacy for Social Justice Blog please contact the Team Convenor Rev. R.G. Wilson-Lyons at

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